(National Sentinel) Improper: POTUS Donald Trump is furious over former Secretary of State John Kerry’s meddling to undercut the administration’s Iran policies and has asked the golden question: Is he legally able to hold policy discussions with Tehran’s terrorist sponsors?
As we reported, Kerry recently admitted he’s met with Iranian leaders “three or four times” in a bid to ‘save’ the atrocious “nuclear deal” he and his former boss, President Obama, struck with the Iranians (after years of back-channel discussions).
What’s more, Kerry admitted to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt that he’s criticized the Trump administration during those discussions, which in and of itself is treasonous — or such behavior used to be considered as such.
Now, POTUS Trump thinks those meetings were “illegal.”
He wrote in a tweet: “John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”
John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
That said, the president may not have cited the correct law. Fox News reports:
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a disclosure statement that requires a person acting as an agent of a foreign principal in a political or quasi-political capacity to make public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal.
Kerry’s meetings do not appear to violate FARA, but some have suggested they could be in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government without authorization, though no one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law.
We think John Kerry should be the test case for the Logan Act, given that he has freely admitted to violating it by stating he had no formal authorization to be ‘negotiating’ with a foreign power.
At the very least, Kerry’s actions are a disgraceful affront to the Trump administration, but Democrats make a habit of doing these things to Republican administrations.
In the early 1980s, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., reached out to then-Soviet leader Yuri Andropov to undermine the late President Ronald Reagan’s USSR policies, in part at least to feather his own political nest.
“Kennedy proved eager to deal with Andropov–the leader of the Soviet Union, a former director of the KGB and a principal mover in both the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the suppression of the 1968 Prague Spring–at least in part to advance his own political prospects,” writes Peter Robinson for Forbes in August 2009.
Kennedy defenders claim he was ‘earnestly’ trying to prevent World War III because he thought Reagan a mindless cowboy and barbarian who was too stupid to ‘deal with’ the Soviets (sound familiar?).
He wasn’t. He was actively trying to undermine Reagan and help himself politically in the process.